Hyperdimension Neptunia

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This article is about the Hyperdimension Neptunia game series. For the first video game in the series, see Hyperdimension Neptunia (video game).
Hyperdimension Neptunia
File:Hyperdimension Neptunia logo.png
Series logo
Genres Role-playing game
Developers Idea Factory
Compile Heart
Felistella (PS Vita)
Publishers
    Platforms PlayStation 3
    PlayStation Vita
    PlayStation 4
    Microsoft Windows
    Platform of origin PlayStation 3
    First release Hyperdimension Neptunia
    August 19, 2010
    Latest release Hyperdimensional War: Hyperdimension Neptunia vs Sega Hard Girls
    November 26, 2015

    Hyperdimension Neptunia (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ Chōjigen Geimu Neputyūnu?, lit. "Super Dimensional Game Neptune") is a video game series of role-playing games created and developed by Idea Factory. The series debuted in Japan on August 19, 2010 with the video game of the same name exclusively for the PlayStation 3, later re-released as an enhanced remake under the name Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for the PlayStation Vita. Two sequels, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, in addition to the remake titles for both of them and three spin-offs on the PlayStation Vita, have also been released. Another sequel on the PlayStation 4, titled Megadimension Neptunia VII, was released in 2015. It has also branched off into a manga, light novel and anime media franchise series.

    A television anime series adaptation, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation, began airing in July 2013 (English version began airing in 2015).

    Setting

    Games within the series takes place in the world of Gamindustri (ゲイムギョウ界 Geimugyō-kai?, a pun on ゲーム業界 Gēmu gyōkai, "game industry"), which is divided into four regions: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. Each region is completely different from the others in appearance and atmosphere, with each representing a specific video game console. In the beginning of the story, the four goddesses are fighting each another for "shares" in a war known as the Console War.

    Development

    Prior to Q3 2009, Compile Heart was conceptualising a new RPG project centred upon character designs by Tsunako, with the intention of collaborating with a partner company. This game was originally planned to feature three princess sisters and a protagonist. However, the partnership deal fell out, and as a result the project plans were redesigned and eventually became "Neptunia" close to the end of 2009 following the completion of Trinity Universe's development. During the early stages of the project, the characters Noire and Blanc were originally coloured red and blue respectively, however their colour schemes were changed to black and white so that they could better fit in with the new game setting and plot.[2][3]

    The release of the first sequel to the original game, Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, saw the introduction of a reworked game engine and the replacement of various components such as the battle system and dungeons, which were completely rebuilt from scratch. Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory later built on this, with the parts from mk2 which were considered "weak" by the developers removed and improved, eventually setting Victory as the foundation for the design of future titles within the series. Following Compile Heart's collaboration with David Production to produce the Neptunia television animation series, the developers were able to change their approach to direction and script-writing based on their experience with the anime development staff, which resulted in the changes to the narrative found in the Re;Birth games on PlayStation Vita.[2]

    Release history

    Hyperdimension Neptunia is the first game within the series, with the name originally derived from the scrapped Sega Neptune[4] which combined the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega 32X into one unit[citation needed], originally scheduled for release in 1994 or 1995 before the project was dropped after the release of the Sega Saturn.

    There are two sequels which have been released under the names Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. Another game, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia PP (神次元アイドル ネプテューヌPP Kamijigen Aidoru Neputyūnu PP?),[5] was released on June 20, 2013 for the PlayStation Vita in Japan and it was released in the west in June 2014 as Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection, developed by Compile Heart, Idea Factory and Tamsoft.

    During a streamed interview at Tokyo Game Show 2013, Idea Factory and Compile Heart announced that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation was under development,.[6][7] Re;Birth 2 was released on March 20, 2014.[8] Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート Chō Megami Shinkō Nowāru Geki-Shin Burakkuhāto?) with Noire as the main character, was released on May 29, 2014.[9]

    On March 16, 2014, two new next-generation games were announced, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (超次元アクション ネプテューヌU?) and Megadimension Neptunia VII (新次元ゲイム ネプテューヌVII?).[10] Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is an action game spin-off exclusively for the PlayStation Vita released on August 28, 2014 in Japan, developed by Tamsoft,[11] whilst Megadimension Neptunia VII will be a PlayStation 4 title.[12]

    At Tokyo Game Show 2014, an enhanced remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory for the PlayStation Vita, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Century, was announced.[13][14]

    Games

    Main series

    Title Details

    Original release date(s):
      Release years by system:
      2010 – PlayStation 3
      Notes:



      Original release date(s):
      JP 20110818August 18, 2011
      EU 20120224February 24, 2012
      NA 20120228February 28, 2012
      Release years by system:
      2011 – PlayStation 3
      Notes:



      Original release date(s):
      JP 20120830August 30, 2012
      NA 20130321March 21, 2013
      AUS 20130321March 21, 2013
      EU 20130322March 22, 2013
      Release years by system:
      2012 – PlayStation 3
      Notes:



      Original release date(s):
        Release years by system:
        2015 – PlayStation 4
        2016 – Microsoft Windows
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        Spin-offs

        Title Details

        Original release date(s):
        JP 20130620June 20, 2013
        NA 20140603June 3, 2014
        AUS 20140605June 5, 2014
        EU 20140606June 6, 2014
        Release years by system:
        2013 – PlayStation Vita
        Notes:

        Idol-raising simulator game with rhythm and dating sim elements.



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          2014 – PlayStation Vita
          2016 – Microsoft Windows
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          Turn-based tactical role-playing game which utilises a battle grid.



          Original release date(s):
            Release years by system:
            2014 – PlayStation Vita
            2016 – Microsoft Windows
            Notes:
            • Developers: Tamsoft
            • Producer/Publisher:

              Musou-type real-time action game.


              MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies

              Original release date(s):
                Release years by system:
                2015 – PlayStation Vita
                Notes:
                • Developers: Tamsoft
                • Producer/Publisher:

                  Multiplayer action game.[15]


                  Superdimension Neptune vs Sega Hard Girls

                  Original release date(s):
                    Release years by system:
                    2015 – PlayStation Vita
                    Notes:

                    Crossover title with Sega Hard Girls.[16]


                    Remakes

                    Title Details

                    Original release date(s):
                      Release years by system:
                      2013 – PlayStation Vita
                      2015 – Microsoft Windows
                      Notes:



                      Original release date(s):
                        Release years by system:
                        2014 – PlayStation Vita
                        2015 – Microsoft Windows
                        Notes:



                        Original release date(s):
                          Release years by system:
                          2014 – PlayStation Vita
                          2015 – Microsoft Windows
                          Notes:


                          Other media

                          Hyperdimension Neptunia
                          Manga
                          Choujigen Game Neptune: Megami Tsuushin
                          Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
                          Original run November 2010 – present
                          Novel
                          Hyperdimension Neptunia TGS Hono no Futsukakan
                          Published by MF Bunko J
                          Published May 25, 2013
                          Manga
                          Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Hello New World
                          Written by Mikage Baku
                          Magazine Dengeki Maoh
                          Original run June 2013 – present
                          Anime television series
                          Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
                          Directed by Masahiro Mukai
                          Written by Shogo Yasukawa
                          Music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi
                          Kenji Kaneko
                          Masaru Yokoyama
                          Studio David Production
                          Licensed by
                          Network Tokyo MX
                          English network
                          Original run July 12, 2013September 27, 2013
                          Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
                          Anime and Manga portal

                          Manga

                          A manga series based on the game titled Choujigen Game Neptune: Megami Tsuushin (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ ~めがみつうしん~?) began serialisation in November 2010 within the Famitsu Comic Clear.

                          A manga series illustrated by Mikage Baku which complements the television animation, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Hello New World (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ THE ANIMATION はろーにゅーわーるど?), began serialisation within the June 2013 issue of Dengeki Maoh. A spin-off novel of the anime, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia TGS Hono no Futsukakan, was published by MF Bunko J and released May 25, 2013.[17][18]

                          Anime

                          An anime adaptation Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation was produced by David Production of Japan and directed by Masahiro Mukai.[19] Series composition and script writing are done by Shogo Yasukawa and a musical score composed by Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Kenji Kaneko and Masaru Yokoyama. Character designs are done by Hitomi Takechi, based on the original designs by Tsunako along with art direction by Masanobu Nomura and sound direction by Jin Aketagawa. The twelve episode series premiered on Tokyo MX on July 12, 2013 and were later aired on BS11, KBS, Sun TV and tvk. The series was acquired by Funimation for online streaming in North America with English subtitles.[20] The opening theme is "Dimension tripper!!!!" by Nao and the ending theme is "Neptune☆Sagashite" (ネプテューヌ☆サガして?) by Afilia Saga.[21] "Go→Love&Peace" by Ayane is used as the ending theme of episodes 3 and 4, in addition to "Ito" (?) by Afilia Saga on episode 10. It was broadcast within the United States on Funimation Channel.

                          The television anime series adaptation received a mixed response, with praise for its original story and humour revolving around videogame industry in-jokes, and criticism for its use of melodrama.[22]

                          Mobile applications and casual games

                          An online mobile card game for Android and iOS titled Neptune Collection (ネプテューヌコレクション?) was developed by Idea Factory and hosted by GREE starting from February 15, 2013. It is a collectable card game which involves social networking elements.[23] The game's servers shut down on July 31, 2014.

                          Alarm clock applications featuring Neptunia characters have also been released for Android and iOS.

                          References

                          1. Ishaan (November 16, 2010). "Hyperdimension Neptunia Orbits Over Europe In March". Siliconera. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
                          2. 2.0 2.1 "【電撃PS】8月19日で『ネプテューヌ』は5周年! 開発チームがネプ誕生とこの5年のエピソードを振り返る". Dengeki Online. August 19, 2015. 
                          3. "Dengeki Interview: Celebrating 5 Years of Neptunia, a Talk With Series’ Creators". Niche Gamer. August 21, 2015. 
                          4. "Hyperdimension Neptunia's Creator Dreams of a Fighting Game". kotaku.com. September 28, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
                          5. Spencer . April 9, 2013 . 12:02pm (April 9, 2013). "Neptunia Idol Game's Story Is About The CPUs Vs. Idol Group MOB48". Siliconera. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
                          6. "『ネプテューヌ』の新作『Re;Birth2(仮)』が開発進行中! 『超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート』の続報も【TGS2013】" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. September 22, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
                          7. 2013-09-22, (TGS) 『ネプテューヌ』の新作『Re;Birth2(仮)』が開発進行中! 『超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート』の続報も【TGS2013】, Livedoor News
                          8. 2013-11-12, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Reaches Vita In March, Siliconera
                          9. "Two more Neptunia games announced for PS Vita". Gematsu. March 17, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
                          10. "【速報】『ネプテューヌ』の新作が2作も!? 『超次元アクション ネプテューヌU』&『新次元ゲイム ネプテューヌVII』が発表" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. March 16, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
                          11. 2014-04-08, Hyperdimension Neptunia U is a PS Vita game developed by the studio behind Senran Kagura, Gematsu
                          12. 2014-06-16, Hyperdimension Neptunia VII confirmed for PlayStation 4, Gematsu
                          13. 2014-09-20, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Century announced for PS Vita, Gematsu
                          14. 2014-09-20, PS Vita『神次次元ゲイム ネプテューヌRe;Birth3 V CENTURY』が発売決定! 『ネプテューヌVII』最新情報も公開に【TGS2014】, Dengeki Online
                          15. "【速報】PS Vita『ネプテューヌ』新作が発表! 激次元でゾンビ相手にタッグバトル?". Dengeki Online (in 日本語). March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
                          16. "【速報】PS Vita『超次元大戦 ネプテューヌVSセガハードガールズ 夢の合体スペシャル(仮)』発表!". Dengeki Online (in 日本語). March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
                          17. 2013-04-26, TV Anime “Hyperdimension Neptunia” Official Site Launches and PV Releases!, Tokyo Otaku Mode
                          18. 2013-04-01, 「超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ」本格始動 公式サイトオープンにスタッフ情報やPV公開, animeanime.jp
                          19. "David Production Makes Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation". Anime News Network. December 27, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
                          20. "Funimation Adds Hal, 009 Re:Cyborg Films". Anime News Network. July 4, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
                          21. "Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime Ads Feature Ending Song". Anime News Network. July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
                          22. 2013-11-12, Gamers are Bound to Get a Laugh or Two Out of Neptunia: The Animation, Kotaku
                          23. "ネプテューヌコレクション". compileheart.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 

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